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A graduate is a fixed-term, entry-level position offered by mining companies to University or TAFE graduates (typically those who have graduated in the last few years), for one to two years, and is designed to ease the process of going from full-time study into the workforce.

Following completion of a Graduate Program, companies may transition graduates to fill permanent positions, as they bring with them an already strong understanding of the business and its workplace culture, with a broad range of experience across the organisation, and a demonstrated commitment to its values.

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Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited

Saracen’s Development Program over a two-to-three-year period operates under a rotation scheme whereby graduates are relocated across different mines and operations to diversify their skills. The Program is offered in the Engineering, Geology, Environment, Metallurgy and Surveying disciplines, to recent graduates and soon-to-be graduates.

Each graduate will be assigned a supervisor and a buddy to ensure safety and give feedback in relation to day-to-day work and task completion. They will provide tours, help with day-to-day questions and ensure graduates settle into the role as seamlessly as possible. Graduates will also get the option to join Saracen’s Graduate Mentoring Program, which will enable skill development in any desired area of the business.

Graduates can expect to receive a competitive salary with consideration given to their development throughout the Program. Saracen recognises the skills learnt will significantly increase a Graduate’s capability to add value to the organisation, therefore renumeration reviews will be conducted throughout the Program.

Saracen is now taking applications for graduates and shortlisting will commence in May.

Northern Star Resources Limited

Northern Star’s Graduate Program is a multi-discipline two-year tenure which aims to ensure that individuals understand the Company’s operational model. Training is divided into two sections: general and discipline specific components. Disciplines include Mining Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Survey, Geology and Metallurgy.

Graduates who successfully complete the Program will have the opportunity to become future department managers and technical experts for not only Northern Star, but the wider industry.

Gold Fields

Gold Fields’ Graduate Program offers tailored mentoring, technical development, open-pit or underground experience and role specific training with an annual graduate and vacation student intake at the end of quarter one for the following year. The Program is open to graduates in Mining Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Geology and Metallurgy.

Evolution Mining

Evolution Mining’s two-year structured Program develops Graduates by building your knowledge base, skills and experience across the business, and placing you into a meaningful role at the end of the Program, with a desire to see you as future leaders of the business.

In FY20 Evolution are accepting applications for the streams Asset Management, Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, Metallurgy, Mine Surveying, Mining Engineering and Sustainability.

Ramelius Resources Limited

Ramelius Resources have graduate roles for the disciplines Geologists, Mining and Engineers.


KCGM’s Graduate Program is fixed term, and typically goes for two years. Depending on performance and business requirements, these positions may become permanent.

SMS Mining Services

SMS Mining Services, as Principal Sponsor of the WA School of Mines Alumni, collaborates with the school to find appropriate employment opportunities for new graduates, which includes Mining Engineering, Geology and Mechanical Engineering, and are open to applications from all Australian universities across varied disciplines.

A key aspect of the Program is access to mentoring, with graduates given the chance to make a difference in active projects and forge a genuine career path within the industry.


Macmahon delivers Graduate Programs that provide hands-on experience, structured learning and a supportive team with access to major mining projects across Australia. Roles include Human Resources, Engineering, Safety and Finance.

The Program is available to Australian citizens and permanent residents who have completed a degree in Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Civil Engineering, with applicable working rights in countries the Company operates in, including Indonesian nationals who have completed qualifications in disciplines with a key focus on engineering.

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